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How to Reduce Allergies in Your Home

How to Reduce Allergies in Your Home

As winter turns to spring, we are reminded of wonderful it is to live by the beach and the ocean. Myrtle Beach is one of the best places to live according to a USA Today article about which we wrote. The white sand beaches for which it is famous and the world-renown Grand Strand are part of what makes our region so attractive to new residents, vacationers, and retirees. The weather is another factor that draws people from far and wide to our little slice of coastal Carolina heaven. 

As the flowers and trees bloom with the warmer temperatures, unfortunately, allergy sufferers will experience their symptoms ramping up. The good news, coastal communities typically experience lower pollen counts than inland areas. The frequent ocean breeze actually does help blow pollen away, especially by late morning through evening. However, there is still some pollen in beach communities, and it can find your way into your home or vacation property. 


We want to help you with some simple tips for finding relief from indoor allergens. Here are eight tips for making your home a haven for pollen allergy sufferers:

8 Tips for Fighting Indoor Allergens

1) Know What Sets Off Allergies

Your hay fever is likely worse some days than others. This is typical for most pollen allergy sufferers. One of the ways you can guard against indoor allergies is by finding out what types of outdoor pollen make you sneeze and your nose run. If you know that oak pollen triggers your symptoms, on days that the pollen count for oak trees is high, you can try to remain inside as much as possible, keep windows and doors closed, and be extra vigilant about the other steps in this list.

2) Vacuum Frequently

No one wants to do more chores, but during the height of pollen season, you might need to vacuum daily. There is no substitute for sucking pollen up, sealing the bag, and throwing it outside. For moderate to severe pollen allergies, you might consider investing in a higher quality vacuum cleaner to ensure you are sucking up every particle.

Vacuum even where you would ordinarily sweep and mop. Vacuuming is especially in high traffic areas, where adults, children, and pets are often entering and exiting your home. Wall-to-wall carpet is not the best surface for allergy sufferers. If this is an ongoing issue for you or a family member, it might be time to consider switching to hard floor surfaces.

3) Shoe Policy

During spring and summer, you might institute a policy where children and adults kick off their shoes at the door or on the front porch, so as to avoid tracking pollen throughout your home. 

4) Change Your Air Filters

Typically, homeowners change air conditioning filters every one to two months, but you might want to increase the frequency when pollen counts are high.

5) Brush Pets Outside

Even if you have a hypoallergenic pet, if they spend time outdoors, pollen may attach to their fur and enter your home and sinuses. Brush your pets outside, or better yet, assign this chore to a family member that is not as prone to the sniffles. 

6) Switch Drapes for Blinds or Washable Drapes

Heavy fabric drapes may be beautiful, but they attract the pollen and dust that aggravate allergy issues. Consider switching to blinds that are easier to clean, or at the very least, install washable drapes. This will go a long way toward reducing the pollen count inside your home. 

7) Wash Sheets and Clothing Frequently

Again, no one wants to do more chores; however, even if clothing may appear to be clean enough for a second day, you may want to consider washing clothes every day. It is also wise to plan to wash sheets more frequently than usual. Make sure you wash comforters and other bedding as well. This may be the first step you take when you return to your vacation home this spring and summer.

8) Consider Indoor Air Purifier

You may want to invest in an extra line of defense against pollen with an indoor air purifier. These units will help recycle the air and trap the allergy irritants that make you sneeze and cough. 

One of the most important steps you can take toward ensuring the best house possible for your allergies is having it built by an excellent home builder. Realstar Homes’ commitment is that we build the best home for the value possible and that the experience is stress-free and enjoyable for you, our customer! We have a wide variety of styles and floor plans, with choices and amenities that can aid in the reduction of indoor allergens. 

Contact us for more information about how you can have the home of your dreams, whether it's for a family getaway, retirement dream house, or an opportunity to move to a coveted area.